Why is this medieval manuscript healthy reading?
Turning the pages of the Tacuinum Sanitatis
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The Tacuinum Sanitatis is one of the most important manuscripts detailing medieval medicine and the association with human health. Translated into Latin in the 14th century from an earlier medical treatise compiled in Arabic, the Tacuinum serves as a beautifully illustrated guide to healthy living in the Middle Ages. Much of what was written 800-odd years ago is still applicable today, the book describing as its does the harvest of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and culinary and medicinal herbs and their role in promoting health and vitality. So, why is this sumptuous and informative book so significant to our well-being?
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